The Intermission Is Over: Snow and Cold Return In Style

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The intermission is about over.

Snow is falling at nearly every resort this morning and temperatures are continuing to fall allowing the mountain operations crews to get back at it with their snowmaking magic.

The big news of the day, however, is the snow.

Heavy rain turned into heavy snow early this morning, and it continues to pour at most locations at 8:30a.

At one point on the local news this morning, I saw a graphic that showed the North Carolina High Country resorts getting snow at a rate of 5-10″ per hour.

Pretty sweet.

At the Ski Southeast offices in Foscoe, we have received 7″ and still coming down. Yea – that “no-snow Foscoe” as we affectionately call it sometimes.

The snow outside the Ski Southeast offices.

Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain look to be the big winners so far as they are approaching six inches as of 8am – and still counting.

Ober Gatlinburg also received at least 4″ of fresh powder, but we are working on firming that number up. Mount Le Conte a few miles over is reporting over nine inches so far this morning.

Some other totals include:

Wolf Ridge – 3″
App Ski Mountain – 2″
Cataloochee – 2″
Snowshoe – 2″
Omni Homestead – 2″
Winterplace – 2″
Bryce – 2″

The cool thing is that it is still snowing so those numbers will go up as we are still seeing a 1-2″ per hour rate.

We will certainly have storm totals tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see what the final tallies are.

Brad posted a quick update late last night to talk about today’s storm as well as some more natural snow chances later in the week.

After last week’s brutal warm spell, it is great to see snowmaking temperatures and natural snow.

There are three resorts open for play today.

Sugar Mountain has restarted operations this morning with seven trails open with four lifts spinning. They are reporting a 10-35″ base with a packed powder and frozen granular surface.

Snowshoe Mountain also continues to roll on as they have 16 trails with three lifts spinning. They are reporting a 24″ base.

Bryce Resort is open today per our buddy Bill Nabers. He did mention that they haven’t gotten final words on which trails will be open today.

Tomorrow will see several resorts crank up operations as App Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, Cataloochee, Timberline, and Winterplace have announced intentions to get the lifts turning tomorrow.

It wouldn’t surprise me if we see a couple of others join the fray as well.

That does it for today, but keep the #ThinkSnow vibe going!


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